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A strong start for racing season (with photo gallery)

Derby events draw a crowd; Cinco de Mayo a weak second

Anne King, left, and Molly Galbo, both of Saratoga Springs, show off their hats after watching the 138th Kentucky Derby at Siro's in Saratoga Springs Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Anne King, left, and Molly Galbo, both of Saratoga Springs, show off their hats after watching the 138th Kentucky Derby at Siro's in Saratoga Springs Saturday.
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The Saratoga Springs thoroughbred racing season unofficially began on Saturday. The official meet doesn’t start for almost 50 days and most of the country was drinking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but in a city with about 150 years of horse racing history, the running of the Kentucky Derby was the focus of attention. Nowhere was this frenzy and excitement more publicly visible than at Siro’s Restaurant, a popular spot during the summer just outside ...


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